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The Demands of Liberal Education$
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Meira Levinson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250448.001.0001

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Culture, Choice, and Citizenship: Schooling Private Citizens in the Public Square

Culture, Choice, and Citizenship: Schooling Private Citizens in the Public Square

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(p.100) 4 Culture, Choice, and Citizenship: Schooling Private Citizens in the Public Square
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The Demands of Liberal Education
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DOI:10.1093/0199250448.003.0005

Analyses the relationships between cultural coherence, cultural pluralism, civic education, and autonomy. Section 4.1 argues that the skills, habits, values, and beliefs that underlie the capacity for autonomy also underlie the capacity for citizenship; hence, education for citizenship and for autonomy are mutually reinforcing. Section 4.2 develops an ‘English’ model of political liberal education, contrasting it with an ‘American’ model developed in Section 4.3 and a ‘French’ model in Section 4.4. Section 4.5 concludes that all of these political liberal models of education, which attempt in different ways to balance cultural coherence and civic virtue without promoting autonomy, are inferior—on both theoretical and empirical grounds—to weakly perfectionist liberal education.

Keywords:   autonomy, citizenship, civic education, cultural coherence, England, France, liberal education, pluralism, political liberalism, USA

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